Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

brace for (something)

brace for something
Meaning(s)
1) physically or mentally prepare for something
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    • brace yourself for rejection/impact
  • Analysis
    The phrasal verb to 'brace for' means to prepare yourself for a negative impact or physical knock or hit. When you 'brace yourself' you put yourself in a position where you are better able to absorb or limit the negative impact of a physical or mental shock. To 'brace for' something is to prepare mentally or physically for something negative that is unavoidable.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. When Emily's car started to skid towards the wall, she immediately braced herself for impact.
    2. I've got some big news for you so you better brace yourself. You're going to be a father!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. There were more experienced candidates ahead of me, so I was bracing myself for rejection. In the end, though, I got the promotion.
    2. With the economy heading towards a recession, we have been working night and day to brace the company for the inevitable financial repercussions.
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